Live Messenger adopts open XMPP protocol aims for Skype interoperability

first_imgMicrosoft has been all about open standards in recent times, hammering away at robust HTML5 support in IE9 and IE10 and pushing the concept of “same markup” for all web browsers. Now, they’re making Live Messenger a whole lot more open by providing access via the XMPP protocol.XMPP — also known as Jabber — began taking shape way back in 1998. In 2002, the IETF finally set up a working body to formalize specifications, and their Proposed Standards were approved in 2004. Today you’ll find XMPP in a wide range of applications, from the chat panel in your Gmail window to clients like Adium and Digsby.So is Microsoft’s adoption of XMPP all about openness? Perhaps, but it might have something to do with simplifying interoperation with a couple of its best friends: Skype and Facebook. Now, Live Messenger already plays nice with Facebook — in fact, it’s the most-used desktop application for Facebook interaction. Skype, too, offers plenty of Facebook integration — and both Facebook and Skype offer support for XMPP. Skype joined the party back in June of this year, and the reason it did was to bring Facebook support to its apps.With the acquisition closed and Skype now officially part of the Microsoft family, it makes sense that the crew in Redmond would want to get everyone on the same page when it comes to messaging protocols. The move to XMPP will make it much easier to ensure that the Microsoft messaging monster — which now includes Live Messenger, Lync, an Skype — runs like a well-oiled machine.More at the Windows Team Bloglast_img read more